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6 fun facts about Bears drafting Jenkins 39th


The Bears traded up 13 spots in the second round of the draft Friday night to select Oklahoma State tackle Teven Jenkins at No. 39 overall.

Here are six interesting nuggets about the 39th pick:

(1) Jenkins is the third player the Bears have drafted at No. 39 since Ryan Pace became general manager in 2015. The others are nose tackle Eddie Goldman (2015) and offensive lineman James Daniels (2018).

(2) The Bears have picked a total of seven prospects at No. 39 in the Super Bowl era. Prior to Goldman, Daniels and Jenkins, they chose receiver Rickey Watts (1979), tackle Marcus Spears (1994), safety Mike Brown (2000) and receiver Mark Bradley (2005).

(3) Jenkins is the 12th Oklahoma State player the Bears have drafted and the first since they selected tight end Alonzo Mayes in the fourth round in 1998. Mayes appeared in 37 games with 28 starts over three seasons with the Bears, catching 33 passes for 339 yards and one touchdown.

(4) Here are the previous 10 players drafted at No. 39:

2020: G Robert Hunt, Louisiana (Dolphins)
2019: CB Sean Murphy-Bunting, Central Michigan (Buccaneers)
2018: OL James Daniels, Iowa (BEARS)
2017: S Marcus Maye, Florida (Jets)
2016: DE Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky (Buccaneers)
2015: NT Eddie Goldman, Florida State (BEARS)
2014: WR Marqise Lee, USC (Jaguars)
2013: QB Geno Smith, West Virginia (Jets)
2012: CB Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama (Rams)
2011: LB Akeem Ayers, UCLA (Titans)

(5) Three of the Bears' last four draft picks have been offensive linemen. They closed the 2020 draft by choosing Arlington Hambright and Lachavious Simmons with back-to-back selections in the seventh round. Jenkins and Hambright were teammates for two seasons at Oklahoma State.

(6) Jenkins is the highest tackle drafted by the Bears since Wisconsin's Gabe Carimi was chosen with the 29th pick in the first round in 2011. However, Kyle Long, the 20th selection in 2013, played tackle for one season in 2015, earning his third straight trip to the Pro Bowl.

With the 39th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Bears select Oklahoma State OL Teven Jenkins.

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